Jewish Journal


November 7, 2007

Interpol finally goes after Iranian bombers of Jewish center


After 13 years, Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization, today finally decided to hold Iran and terrorist members of its regime accountable for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. Even though justice has been slow and Iran’s regime has not been held accountable for taking the lives of innocent Jews in Argentina, the world is finally waking up and going after these murderers who have been living freely all these years.

The six people targeted with Interpol wanted notices are former Iranian intelligence chief Ali Fallahian; Mohsen Rabbani, former cultural attache at the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires; former diplomat Ahmad Reza Asghari; Mohsen Rezaei, former leader of the elite Revolutionary Guards; Ahmad Vahidi, a general in the Revolutionary Guards; and Hezbollah militant Imad Moughnieh, one of the world’s most sought-after terror suspects. These men along with members of Iran’s clerical leadership were key in planning and carrying out the attacks on the Jewish center in Argentina. Even though Interpol’s “red notices” do not compel any country to detain the suspects, it does put the men on the agency’s equivalent of a most-wanted list. Hopefully the growing media attention on this case will cause the Iranian government to either hand over these terror suspects or cause other countries to stop trading with Iran until it hands over these terrorists.

In an interview on September 22, with Fox cable news, Miguel Angel Toma, the former head of the Argentina’s intelligence service, revealed that the Iranian government directly ordered terrorist bombings of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center that killed 85 people and injured 300. The Iranian President at the time, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and members of the Iranian Supreme Council of Security met in Mashhad, Iran, on August 14, 1993 to plan the bombing, Toma said.

Just as Nazi war criminals, Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein were tried for their crimes against humanity, so should these Iranian terrorists be tried for their crimes. They can run and they can hide in Iran or in the Islamic world, but eventually justice will be served. We in the Jewish community and Iranian Jewish community have a responsibility to keep this story alive and make sure the world exerts pressure on Iran’s regime to turn over these terrorists for the crimes they’ve committed.

For those who are not familiar with the Iranian terror suspects of the 1994 bombing, here are their photos:

(Ahmad Reza Asgari, alias Mohsen Ranjbaran, former official at the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires)

(Hojatoleslam Ali Fallahian, former Iranian Minister of Intelligence and Security)

(Mohsen Rabbani, former cultural attache at the Iranian embassy in Buenos Aires)

(Major General Mohsen Rezai, former Supreme Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and is currently the secretary of the State Expediency Council)

(General Ahmad Vahidi, former Commander of the IRGC Qods Force and is currently Deputy Defense Minister)

(Ali Akbar Velayati, former Iranian Foreign Minister and is currently the chief foreign policy advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)

(Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former Iranian President, currently chairs Iran’s State Expediency Council and is deputy chair of the Assembly of Experts. He was the president of Iran during the 1994 bombings and was key in its planning).

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